Wilhelm Peterson-Berger’s writing room.
Kim Dotcom’s office.
Wilhelm Peterson-Berger’s writing room.
Kim Dotcom’s office.
Released today for the (Japanese) 3DS. And on 25th June 2014 for Wii U and PS3.
If we could have looked into the future when we played Pacman as kids…
Should I buy it only because of the music?
I think we all know the answer to that.
Apparently, this was not enough for the West, since sexually explicit drawings featuring young-looking characters are still legal in Japan. You know, the same way that drawings of Mohammed are legal in the USA, despite the Muslim world repeatedly has told the US how sinister they are.
CNN had apparently planned an undercover reportage for this special day. Read and shiver:
To see what’s being openly sold on Japanese shelves, CNN took a hidden camera to one of the many manga stores in the Akihabara district of Tokyo.
Down a set of stairs, there are rows and rows of manga, many containing popular themes and images. But five feet away, in an area marked “adults only,” the content took a sharp turn into shocking sex scenes, apparently involving minors.
Some of the predominantly female characters wore school uniforms, hair clips and innocent expressions as they engaged in sometimes violent sex acts with dominant characters.
To me, this sounds like a reporter from Uganda who comes to the West for the first time and reports back to his home country about the shocking GAY magazines sold openly and which s/he could photograph with a “hidden camera”. (By the way, look what I shot without using a “hidden camera”. But of course, using the word “hidden camera” makes it all sound a little bit more scary, almost like investigative journalism.)
A Japanese manga industry representative tries to explain the difference between reality and fantasy to the
Ugandan American reporter:
He said the characters were imaginary, so unlike real child porn, no one was hurt.
“Actual children suffering and crying is not acceptable. But manga doesn’t involve actual children. So there are no actual victims,” he said.
He adds that if scientific research would show that there is a relation between drawings (fantasy) and sex abuse (reality), they would change their view and cooperate. But no scientific research has shown this.
As if that would matter.
The activist from the previous article is quoted again, saying she knows of one case where a “predator” used manga to convince a child that sex with adults was normal.
The reporter comments in the video reportage:
Despite those concerns, cartoons featuring sexual violence against kids will still be for sale on the streets of Japan, even if some fear those cartoons may be fueling the darkest desires of criminals.
An Australian manga expert says that some manga, especially lolicon, risks giving “the wrong impression of women”:
“If you’re looking at it all the time, how are you actually seeing people? Is it just a fantasy, or maybe some people with a bit of a wrong mind think that is actually there, and that is the way to treat women. So there is a risk,” she said.
With such strong arguments pro banning drawings, who needs research.
This tweet sums up CNN’s view pretty well:
From Milkboys: CNN vs. Shota
And here is the cover that CNN blurred:
David Cabrera comments:
The cover image is even suggestively blurred out below the neck to imply that a sex act is taking place. You can see the actual, rather normal, cover on Amazon.jp. Frankly, CNN didn’t even need to misrepresent a comic to find something damning in Melonbooks… but they did so anyway, which speaks to their standards.
Read more: CNN Vilifies Manga as Child Porn
Why am I even upset that an American news channel lies and vilifies? Why even bother? And the irony of it all is that if CNN would have their way with Japanese law, the result would probably be that real child sex abuse would increase, at least until it reached American levels. Studies show that availability of porn lowers the prevalence of sex crimes in a society, and the same should go for child porn. So what CNN and other advocates of stricter CP laws argue for, is more child sex abuse. Way to go. (Applause.) And while I’m at it, Japan’s homicide rate is less than one tenth of the American one.
Det kom ett mejl som sammanfattar debattklimatet i Sverige rätt bra. Ett utdrag:
Förresten är Timbro nu “rasister”, jag är rasist efter att ha ställt en publikfråga som relaterade till Stephen Pinkers bok på seminariet, Sanna Rayman som var moderator är rasist, Rutger Palmstierna, diplomaten i panelen, är rasist och författaren Per Brinkemo är rasist och kolonialist. Tydligen var det Twitterhysteri på kvällen efter seminariet har jag förstått. Skönt att man inte hänger där
Det är så jävla lätt att försöka blockera all intellektuell debatt och kunskapssökande med “rasist”. Självreflektion är inte alla kulturers styrka Hmm, jag har kritiserat Sverige, svensk kultur, svenska politiker i 20 års tid men aldrig hört att jag skulle vara “anti-svensk” el dyl.
— Oscar Swartz
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The Japanese Sangiin (参議院 = House of Councillors = the senate) are expected to vote this month in favor of a law punishing possession of child pornography with up to one (1) year in prison.
As of now, it is legal to possess child porn in Japan.
Although production and distribution have been banned for 15 years, Japan lags behind other major developed nations in forbidding people from simply holding the sinister material.
People who possess child porn will be given one year to dispose of their “sinister material” if the law passes. Yes, the CNN news report calls it “sinister”, but I won’t stop there. I will call it “devilish”! That will show that I am more upset than CNN, thus a better person. How you gonna counter this? Revolting, maybe?
CNN also mentions what they call a “loophole” in the law:
And it won’t cover the country’s popular manga (comic book) and anime (animation) industries, which include depictions of violent sexual abuse of children in their publications.
This might change though. CNN quotes an activist in favor of the law:
Fujiwara said a discussion about some of the imagery in manga and anime – content that would be illegal in many Western countries – would be a natural “next step.”
One industry representatives argues against this by referring to scientific research – as if that would matter – and adding:
“The goal of the law itself is to protect children from crime,” he said. “Banning such expression in animation under this law would not satisfy the goal of the law.”
Another representative said that he personally may be “disgusted” by some of the content in manga. However:
“But rich, deep culture is born from something that might not be accepted by all,” Chiba said. “We need to allow the gray zone to exist as a necessary evil.”
The article ends:
Some experts suggest the situation is born out of Japan’s long-established patriarchal society.
Whatever the cause, changing a culture may prove a lot harder than changing a law.
Indeed, but I think we Westerners are doing quite well at the moment in trying to change Japan to become more like us.
Week 22 = 26 May – 1 June 2014
Mario Kart 8 was released. Giro d’Italia ended.
I’m planning to end these week reports as I spend more time doing things that I don’t blog about. I’ve used the reports as a way to give myself a structured overview of the week, but since they mostly cover media consumption and superficial events – and not the things I want to structure – I don’t see the point in keeping it up. In fact, I don’t see the point in keeping the blog at all.
Mario Kart 8 was released on May 29th 2014 in Japan. Now you say, but it’s still only May 28th! Correct, in Europe it is still May 28th. But European time 17.00 it turned May 29th in Japan.
I wrapped up my job for the day, took Feierabend and checked if the game was available in the eshop in my Wii U and if I could buy it with my European credit card. It was and I could! Despite Nintendo’s policy of not letting one region play games released in other regions. I’ve heard they check IP addresses, but apparently I was somehow allowed to give them my money.
After purchasing – a bit over 6,000 yen = around 44 euros – I had to wait from 18.10 to 21.50 for the download, over 4 GB. Then some more minutes for the install. And then I was set to play, at 22.00 on May 28th 2014, the date before the release in Japan! (The English version will be released on May 30th in the West.) I might very well be the first person in Europe who plays Mario Kart 8! How cool isn’t that?
The game? It’s fantastic! I love it! It feels extremely powerful and modern, with very high quality – I’ve seen a documentary about the making of the game, so I know that all the music was recorded with real studio musicians. I look forward to racing against my friends.
Maybe you wonder why I’m so infatuated with Mario Kart 8. The reason is that me and Yusuke saw this game in the game centers in Tokyo last December. It was new then and not available for any console. We did some research and found out that it would be released for the Wii U “in spring”. This was good news for me, since I had just bought a Wii U to be able to play Taiko no Tatsujin. We agreed that I would give Yusuke money so that he could send me the game when it was released.
I went back to Europe, spring came, and then Nintendo revealed the release date: 29th May 2014. So my whole year so far has been a long waiting for Mario Kart 8, and during this whole time I wasn’t sure if it was going to work to purchase it in the e-shop and play it on my Japanese Wii U in Europe. Tonight all that worked out. That’s why I’m so happy!
And let me repeat: I love the game! Everyone who sees it will be shocked at how good it looks! (At least on a 60-inch plasma, just had to mention that again, hihi.)
Ok, now I’m going back to the game!
86 out of 766 elected to the European Parliament were fascist or similar hardline parties. Seven elected were openly Nazi. These are the people who will listen to all your conversations, see all your connections, read all your thoughts, and then determine if they think you have done anything wrong.
Rick Falkvinge: Guess Who Determines If You Have Something To Hide Now?
Week 21 = 19-25 May 2014
Voted for Piratenpartei – and they made it to Brussels! Jetpack 3.0 was released.
CSS3. Got a bit hooked, so I finished this wonderful handbook: